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Canon Introduces EOS-1Ds Mark III

New camera in line of digital SLRs.




Canon has added the EOS-1Ds Mark III to its line of digital SLRs. The 21.1-Mxpl, full-frame camera features a magnesium alloy body and is lighter than its predecessor, the EOS-1D Mark III.

The ultra-low-noise DSLR features a 36 x 24-mm CMOS image sensor, and users can choose from one of six recording formats ranging from 21 Mxpl in large JPEG or raw format, 16.6 or 11 Mxpl in the two medium JPEG sizes, or 5.2 Mxpl in the small JPEG or 'sRAW' formats. In any JPEG format, users can set one of 10 compression rates for each image size. The camera also boasts a shooting rate of 5 fps for bursts of up to 56 large/fine (21 Mpxl) JPEGs or 12 raw images. Additionally, the camera features 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion process and is able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel.

The camera has a viewfinder with a magnification of 0.75x and a 3-in. wide-angle LCD screen. The TFT color liquid-crystal monitor features seven user-settable brightness levels and a 140? viewing angle.

Like the EOS-1D Mark III, the autofocus system for the EOS-1Ds Mark III has 45 points including 19 high-precision type points and 26 Assist AF points. A new micro-adjustment feature allows for very fine changes in the AF point of focus for each type of lens in use. Additional characteristics of the EOS-1Ds Mark III include: Live View shooting mode, identical DIGIC III imaging, the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, the ability to be tethered to a computer through its USB 2.0 interface as well as to be operated wirelessly via WFT- E2A Wireless File Transmitter at distances up to 492 ft.

The DSLR is bundled with Canon's Digital Photo Professional 3.2 and EOS Utility 2.2. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 and ImageBrowser 6.0. It's also compatible with Canon's Picture Style Editor 1.0 software, which allows photographers to personalize the look of their photographs by imputing their own preferred image processing parameters, including custom tone curves. Additionally, the camera is compatible with Canon's Ultra Direct Memory Access compact flash memory card specification, which enables ultra-high speed data transfer to the card. The DSLR is expected to begin shipping in November. Estimated price: $7999.

Canon has also introduced the EF 14 mm f/2.8L II USM lens, ideally suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark III's full-frame capability and designed specifically for landscape and architectural photographers. The ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens is 3.7-in. long and weighs less than 23 oz. The lens is well corrected for rectilinear distortion, provides a 114? diagonal angle of view, delivers high-speed autofocus, and has a flare and ghost-reducing lens coating. Additionally, the lens features improved dust and water resistance incorporated around the mount, switch panel, and focus ring. The lens ships in October. Estimated price: $2199.


In addition, Canon has upgraded the firmware for its EOS-1D Mark III camera to version 1.0.9. The updates to the firmware for its 10.1-Mpxl DSLR include: the application of a stronger sharpness setting to the LCD monitor when images are enlarged; improvements in the consistency of the AI Servo AF to reduce the tendency of the camera to autofocus on high-contrast backgrounds; countermeasures for Main Dial function response errors; and corrects errors in Italian and Simplified Chinese menu screens. The upgrade is available for download on the company website.




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